Finished product: an updated, more fashionable scarf

I love scarves. They are so versatile. They serve as an accessory but can also be functional in providing extra warmth.  If I’m really cold I throw it over my head to cover my ears.  If it’s raining it’s a good head wrap to temporally protect your hair from getting wet. It’s also a great shawl for summer nights.

The only downside I had with scarves was the ends.  They get caught in things,  the decorative frills would brush on my food.  It also became a professional hazard at work: getting in the way, potentially knocking over my samples,  contaminating things.  I wasn’t comfortable wearing it when I had to do experiments at work.  But yet I wear scarves because it’s deathly cold at work.

I’ve had this pink monochrome H&M scarf for a long time. there was so much  I could do with it due to its large length and width, but alas,  the be decorative frills were really starting to get in the way, and on my nerves. Also, I’ve lately its been too boring to wear and also a bit lifeless.  I needed a fashion update.

My beloved monochrome scarf - screaming for an update

My beloved monochrome scarf – screaming for an update

I’d been pining for a circle scarf (or infinity scarf) for awhile. What had stopped me from purchasing one was that I hadn’t found one I loved.   In addition,  I didn’t want to add anything to my exploding closet.

I just got my sewing machine this weekend (a Brother Project Runway CE7070PRW 70-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table).  This was the perfect first project.

I first ironed the entire scarf to lie flat, cut off the decorative ends,  matched up the edges and ironed it flat on the wrong side (the side with the tag). (Note: ironing is very important in sewing- it helps keep everything flat so it can be properly aligned).

Scarf is cut, ironed flat, and ready to go!

Scarf is cut, ironed flat, and ready to go!

I did a simple running stitch first then an overcast stitch to finish off and prevent the edges from fraying (which is what the decorative frills were for on the scarf)

Running Stitch: holds everything in place!

Running Stitch: holds everything in place!

overcast stitch: used for finishing and fray prevention

overcast stitch: used for finishing and fray prevention

The result when turned inside out (to the right side)….

Seam line on finished product

Seam line on finished product

It’s not the straight and cleanest job. I used the correct size needle and thread and did not rip the fabric in the process therefor you don’t see any sort of peaking of the white thread i used from the seam line). I really should get some pins to hold things together before sewing. This baby is going to be wrapped around my head and it won’t be noticeable.

Finished product: an updated, more fashionable scarf

Finished product: an updated, more fashionable scarf

I love it already.   The width and length is perfect for 2 loops and I can even do 3 small loops if I’m really cold. The monochrome and the natural twists gives it the illusions that I’ve linked 2 scarves together. I will have some fun getting to figure out ways to wear this puppy!

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